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This Day in Naval History – Dec. 31

1862 - USS Monitor founders in a storm off Cape Hatteras, NC. 1941 - Admiral Chester W. Nimitz assumes command of U.S. Pacific Fleet. 1942 - Commissioning of USS Essex (CV-9), first of new class of aircraft carriers, at Norfolk, VA 1948 - Last annual report by a Secretary of the Navy to Congress and the President filed by SECNAV John L. Sullivan. Thereafter the Secretary of Defense would report annually to Congress. (Source: Navy News Service)

Carrier Steam Turbine Contract Awarded

DRS Technologies, Inc. has been awarded a contract to continue to design advanced propulsion steam turbines for the U.S. Navy's next-generation CVN-78 class of aircraft carriers. The $5.6 million award was received by DRS from Dresser-Rand Company in Wellsville, New York, a unit of Ingersoll-Rand Company Limited (NYSE:IR). The design effort for this contract will be performed by the company's DRS Power Technology unit in Fitchburg, Massachusetts

Royal Caribbean Extends Options For Two $500 Million Vessels

Royal Caribbean said on Wednesday it has extended for 13 months options on building two $500 million ships to add to its 21-vessel fleet. The Miami-based operator of the Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity lines said in a news release that it had agreed with the Meyer Werft shipyard of Papenburg, Germany, to extend the options to July 26, 2002, on the so-called Radiance-class ships. Both options on the 2,100-passenger ships were due to expire on June 27

Gladding-Hearn Takes Orders For New Class of Pilot Boat

Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, The Duclos Corporation, is building a new class of pilot boats. The Virginia, Maryland, and Tampa pilots will be the first to operate the shipyard’s new Chesapeake class of 53-ft. launches. The first two boats will be delivered to the Virginia Pilot Boat Corporation and Association of Maryland Pilots next October. The Tampa Pilots’ boat and a sister ship for the Maryland pilots will be delivered in 2003.

HII Wins $504m Contract Modification for Gerald R. Ford

  Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) received a $504 million cost-plus-incentive-fee contract extension to continue engineering work associated with construction of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). The company's Newport News Shipbuilding division is the prime contractor. Work performed under the contract includes the continuation of design-related activities and integration and system analysis for non-propulsion plant work.

CWind Backs New BV Class as Second Vessel Attains Classification

CWind, a provider of services to the offshore wind industry, has announced a second of its vessels, the CWind Resolution due to be named later today in Brightlingsea, has gained the new class notation ‘Wind Farm Service Ships’ introduced by Bureau Veritas earlier this year. The CWind Resolution is only the second ever vessel to be classed under this notation to date, joining its sister vessel the CWind Challenger on the register

Lockheed to Commence Construction of LCS

The U.S. Navy awarded a Lockheed Martin-led team $188.2 million to commence detail design and construction of the first Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), a revolutionary new class of naval combatant designed to dominate the world’s coastal waters. The option was exercised under the LCS final system design contract, awarded to the Lockheed Martin team in May 2004. The Lockheed Martin team will begin construction of the lead ship at Marinette Marine in Marinette, WI

Glasgow Shipyard Inaugurates Its Saving Grace

Glasgow Shipyard Inaugurates Its Saving Grace Glasgow's Govan shipyard celebrated a welcome but rare sight on Friday as a new ship slipped into the dark waters of the Clyde - the first since the once-mighty yard's shaky future was guaranteed last year. The 643 ft. (196-m) Wave Ruler, the second of a new class of oilers for Britain's Royal Fleet Auxiliary, will be used primarily to provide Royal Navy and NATO ships with fuel and fresh water at sea.

Supacat’s Prototype L&R System

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A new Launch and Recovery System (L&RS) developed by Supacat for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s (RNLI) new class of all-weather lifeboat (ALB) has undergone a two year trials program. These trials tested the system in demanding conditions and were held at Hayle, . The new L&RS design met all the requirements of the prototype specification and exceeded expectations during the trials; lifeboat crew feedback is now being used by the RNLI and Supacat to refine the

Northrop Grumman Turbine Generators Selected for USN ORP

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Northrop Grumman selected to provide turbine generator units for U.S. Navy's Ohio Replacement Submarine Program Northrop Grumman Corporation announced it has been awarded a contract by shipbuilder General Dynamics Electric Boat to complete detailed design and subsequent manufacturing, assembly, qualification and delivery of the first turbine generator units for the Ohio Replacement Program (ORP), the U.S. Navy's next-generation ballistic nuclear submarine.

Future USS Zumwalt Heads for Baltimore

File photo: Zumwalt departs from Naval Station Newport, R.I. September 12, 2016 following its maiden voyage from Bath Iron Works Shipyard in Bath, Maine. (U.S. Navy photo by Haley Nace)

The U.S. Navy's newest warship, the future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), has left Naval Station Norfolk for Baltimore, Md., where it will be commissioned into active service on October 15 during Fleet Week Maryland.   Originally slated to sail from Norfolk on October 9

Construction Begins on UK’s Next Submarines

Photo: BAE Systems

BAE Systems welcomed the Right Honorable Sir Michael Fallon MP, Secretary of State for Defense to Barrow-in-Furness shipyard to press a button, commencing the first metal-cut for the Successor program.    The secretary of State's visit follows a recent U.K

Finnish Shipyard wins Ship Deal from Royal Caribbean

Courtesy Meyer Turku

Miami-based cruise line operator Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Meyer Turku shipyard signed a memorandum of agreement for two next generation cruise ship orders to be delivered in 2022 and 2024. The around 200,000 gross ton large cruise ships under the project name “Icon” will

Russia to Lease Second Submarine to India

Photo: Weapons Systems

 Russia has agreed to lease a second nuclear attack submarine (SSN) to  to the Indian Navy, as part of enhanced bilateral defence cooperation, in a deal which will cost around $2 billion.   A transfer agreement had been signed to lease a second nuclear submarine of project 971

US Navy's New Oceanographic Vessel Sets Sail

Ed Gent, Naval Oceanographic Office engineer, greets Rear Adm. Timothy Gallaudet, commander of the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command and Oceanographer and Navigator of the Navy, as Gallaudet boards USNS Maury (Photo: U.S. Navy)

The U.S. Navy's newest oceanographic survey vessel, USNS Maury (T-AGS 66), recently completed its maiden voyage from Pascagoula, Miss., where it was constructed at VT Halter Marine, to Port Everglades near Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.   In Maury's first days at sea

This Day In Naval History - June 15

USS Mars (AFS 1) (U.S. Navy photo)

1775 - Abraham Whipple takes command of Rhode Island's coastal defense ship, Katy, and captures a tender of HMS Rose. In December, Katy is taken into the Continental service and renamed Providence.   1864 - During the Civil War, the side-wheel steamer, USS Lexington, commanded by Lt

Silver Ships Delivers Fire/Rescue Boat

Photo: Silver Ships

Silver Ships, Inc. has recently delivered a 34-foot custom designed and purpose-built all-welded aluminum fire/rescue boat to the Islip Fire District on Long Island, N.Y.   The Islip Fire District’s area of responsibility includes The Great South Bay, communities on Fire Island

Fundraiser Held for USS Gerald R. Ford Crew

Photo: Blackmer

Blackmer, a company in positive displacement and centrifugal pump and reciprocating compressor technologies, has a relationship with the U.S. Military that dates back to 1914 when it became an official equipment supplier to the Armed Forces.  

Ingalls to Build US Warship LH8

Rendering of LHA 8 (Image: HII)

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced that its Ingalls Shipbuilding division has been selected to build the U.S. Navy’s next large-deck amphibious assault warship, LHA 8. Ingalls has also been selected to perform the majority of the contract design work for the U.S

US Naval Academy Inducts Class of 2020

The Blue Blasters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 34, based in Oceana, Va., perform a fly-by before the Class of 2020 oath of office at the end of Induction Day at the U.S. Naval Academy. All of the pilots in the formation are U.S. Naval Academy graduates. Induction Day marks the beginning of Plebe Summer, the six week indoctrination that transitions civilian students to military life. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Anthony KochReleased)

The U.S. Naval Academy welcomed the 1,184 men and women of the incoming Class of 2020 in Annapolis June 30 during Induction Day. Induction Day--or I-Day--marks the beginning of a demanding six-week indoctrination period called Plebe Summer

First “Neo-Panamax” Calls Port of Philadelphia

Photo: Philadelphia Regional Port Authority

 The first of a new class of “Neo-Panamax” shipping vessels called the Port of Philadelphia to begin a new phase of transport along the Delaware River.   The MSC Sofia Celeste, an 8,800 TEU (Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit) vessel operated by the Mediterranean Shipping Company

Hueneme Welcomes Its First Post-Panamax Ship

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Port of Hueneme’s first Post-Panamax ship was greeted by Wallenius Wilhelmsen Lines (WWL) company leaders and Port officials during an occasion marking a paradigm shift in how the widened Panama Canal will bring a new class of vessels to the Port of Hueneme.  

BG Freight Line Orders Four Containerships

Image: BG Freight Line

BG Freight Line, a fully owned subsidiary of Peel Ports Group, is to receive new tailor-made short sea container feeder vessels optimized for the company’s Irish Sea Hub services.    The new class of ‘green’ vessels has been developed by BG Freight Line operation with

Intellian Unveils 60cm Class Antenna at SMM

Photo: Intellian Technologies

Intellian Technologies, a provider of maritime satellite communications and entertainment systems, has unveiled its latest new product at this year’s SMM show in Hamburg, Germany.    The v65, a 60cm class satellite communications system operating in Ku-band

Vigor Introduces Freezer Longliner Design

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Vigor will unveil its new 142’ Freezer Longliner designed specifically for North Pacific fishing at this year's Pacific Marine Expo in Seattle, Wash.   Based on an existing design by Marco Marine, the 142’ x 33.6’ x 14’ vessel has a fish hold capacity of 14

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